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No. 66 



REPORT 



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January, 1905. 




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Massachusetts. Commissioners on war records. 
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REPORT 



The Commissioners on War Eecords have the honor to 
J submit the following report. 



Soldiers. 

The work of this Bureau on records of soldiers has been 
continued for the past } r ear on hospital and casualty reports 
and books outside of the regular rolls ; and on enlistment 
papers, — one of the most important series of documents 
contained in the archives, and which, begun upon in 1903, 
has been made use of for the first time by this Bureau, and 
is most important in clearing up numerous incorrect or 
defective records. More hospital books and casualty reports 
have been discovered in the archives the past year, and are 
in process of carding. 

The results of the work have been very gratifying. 
There has been no year since the establishment of the Bureau 
when so much has been accomplished in the way of correc- 
tion of errors in the roster, and the connection of services 
in different organizations of this Commonwealth, or of men 
in Massachusetts regiments or batteries, with their service 
in other State organizations or in the regular army or navy. 

In connection with the State Aid Bureau, investigation 
has revealed a'number of men who had been drawing State 
or military aid, who were deserters, and not entitled to such 
aid. 

Many instances have come to light, as in previous } T ears, 
where men have been falsely charged with desertion. Curi- 



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oiis and interesting eases could be given of facta revealed by 
the investigations in this particular Line, but such liave no 
place in a report which calls for conciseness.' 

Sailoks. 
The branch of the work comprising naval enlistments and 

transfers is well advanced toward publication. The carding 
of all the books of the Adjutant-Gen eral's lists of sailors and 
marines as they now stand, with everything that up to this 
time applies to the service of sailors and marines, is com- 
pleted, and believed to be correct as far as now known. 
Numerous additions must be made after ascertaining certain 
facts from the Navy department, which has shown every 
courtesy in promptly furnishing all information asked for. 
Care has to be taken, however, not to call for too much at a 
time, as such a course might result unfavorably. 

It has been necessary, nevertheless, to defer work in one 
direction, — that of examination for indispensable informa- 
tion contained in the earlier letter files, embracing the com- 
munications of many years from the Navy department, which 
tiles have been for months at the bindery, and only recently 
returned to the Adjutant-General's archives. 

This branch of the work requires peculiarly careful inves- 
tigation, and presents difficulties unknown to the army rec- 
ords. The results during the past year have been very 
satisfactory. The names of a large number of men who 
served from this Commonwealth in the navy, either by orig- 
inal enlistment or by transfer from the army, records of 
whose service had hitherto been lacking, have been added 
to the list. Corrections in records of hundreds of sailors 
have been'made. 

It is proper to remark that only those men who were 
residents of this Commonwealth at the time of their enlist- 
ment are included in the quota of Massachusetts, wherever 
or on whatever station they may have enlisted. Those who 
had moved away and become permanently citizens elsewhere 
are not properly to be considered as Massachusetts men, 
although they may have been born within the limits of the 
Commonwealth. Of course all men who were enlisted or 



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drafted from any station, and were afterwards formally al- 
lowed as on the Massachusetts quota, are to be rated as on 
the list of Massachusetts sailors or marines. 

The original enlistment rolls of the receiving ship " Ohio :; 
are now on the receiving ship " "Wabash," at Charlestown 
Navy Yard, and are open to this Bureau through the cour- 
tesy of the admiral in command on this station. They are 
invaluable in many ways where it is necessary to verify 
dates of enlistments, secure descriptive lists, and to deter- 
mine the facts relative to identification in many cases where 
confusion has existed up to this time in regard to the identity 
ot certain men. ±820243 

All information received from the officers at the Charles- 
town Navy Yard and receiving ship, as well as from the 
Bureau of Navigation, and the adjutant and inspector of the 
United States Marine Corps, has been full, exact and of 
final value. 

The work is progressing as rapidly as can be expected, 
where close and careful examination is often very difficult, 
The results already apparent are proving its value. 

Many appreciative letters are received from soldiers and 
sailors who have, through the etforts of this Bureau, received 
completed or corrected records of service. 

Bespectfully submitted, 



Boston, Dec. 31, 1904. 



SAMUEL DALTON, 
WM. M. OLIN, 
HENRY E. TURNER, 

CoDimibsioncrs on War Records . 









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